Al Conkle
President, Al Conkle’s Fire Tech Support

EVT Training Course

Al Conkle provides custom training programs on all EVT subject matters as well as Allison Transmission and Detroit Diesel Engine classes. As the previous Ohio Fire Academy Trainer and the Manager of Technical Training at W.W. Williams Al brings his nationally recognized EVT training to the APFPA conference here in Little Rock.

 

T.J. Tennent
Owner, Tennent and Associates

“Teamwork and Leadership in the Fleet Industry,”

T.J. is the former Project Manager of Bridgestone Motorsports/Firestone Racing and the Bridgestone Motorcycle Racing Program. He has also The Board Chair on the Tire and Rim Association, motorcycle subcommittee. He is a member of the Motorcycle Industry Counsel, the State Motorcycle Safety Association and is a Certified Safety Coach Trainer. TJ has also served as Board Chair for the Society of Automotive Engineers and presently serves on the Lipscomb University Engineering Board of Advisors.

 

David Baxter
Health & Safety Coordinator, Arkansas Municipal League
“Providing Exceptional Customer Service in the Arkansas Municipal Workplace,”

David Baxter is the Health and Safety Coordinator and specialized facilitator for the Arkansas Municipal League. He provides training for Arkansas cities and towns in the areas of police defensive driving, standard defensive driving, respect and understanding, health and wellness topics, and workplace violence prevention. David is a native Arkansan who grew up in Brinkley, AR. He was an Arkansas municipal police officer for the cities of Clarendon, Fordyce, and North Little Rock. During his time as a municipal police officer, he worked as a patrolman, SWAT team member, field training officer, firearms and physical fitness trainer, policy writer, and a community focused officer through various department programs.

 

Victor Galarza
Product Specialist, Federal Mogul

ASE Prep Course

Victor has been a technician for over 20 years and has been in the retail parts business for about 5 years.  Aside from working for Federal Mogul, he also restores cars out of his garage.

 

 

Tricia Treece

SIP/Planning Section Supervisor, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

“Updates on what cities stand to gain from VW’s multi-billion dollar settlement,”

Tricia has been will with ADEQ for five years and currently serves as the Supervisor for the Policy and Planning Branch of Office of Air Quality.  In her current role, Tricia supervises a team of scientists and policy developers working on projects including regulatory development, state implementation planning, air quality reports, technical demonstrations, and voluntary emission reduction programs. Tricia previously worked as an Ecologist in the Office of Air Quality at ADEQ and as an environmental scientist for the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health. Tricia is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a Master of Science degree in Biology and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology.

 

John Leverett

Statewide Procurement Specialist, DFA Office of State Procurement

“Navigating the State Vehicle Contracts”

John’s primary duty with the State of Arkansas is buying vehicles. In addition, he administers contracts for bulk fuel, auto parts, tires, tractors, utility vehicles, school buses and fleet management technologies. Before joining State government, John was the manager of purchasing, vehicle fleet, and building maintenance for a heating and air conditioning company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).

 

David Bragg

Founding Member & Former VP of APFMA, Retired from Public Service, 2008

“Benefits of Professional Fleet Management”

David Bragg is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a degree in Transportation and Logistics. He served seven years active and reserve duty with the U. S. Army Transportation Corps. He grew up in a family truck and equipment dealership and managed the company for many years before selling to a neighboring competitor. Experience with a major truck leasing company gives him unique insight to the organization and charge back systems utilized by consolidated public fleets.

Moving to the public sector in 1989, David served as Fleet Acquisition Manager and later as Director of Fleet Services for the City of Little Rock. In that capacity, he also served as coordinator for the Central Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition, gaining knowledge and experience with alternative fuels and vehicle systems.

David managed the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas fleet for five years, achieving selection to the 100 Best Fleets in North America in 2006 and top 5 recognition in 2007. He was a Public Fleet Manager of the Year nominee in 2006 and 2007. He was a member of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum’s Refuse Truck Working Group, composed of members of the public and private refuse industry throughout the U. S. and Canada working together to develop heavy hybrid collection vehicles. He is a founder and former Vice President of the Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association. The National Association of Fleet Administrators presented the Larry Goill award for innovative fleet ideas to David for development and implementation of a unique biodiesel blending system, allowing over half of the Fayetteville fleet to run on 20% or greater biodiesel blend.

David retired from full time public service in July 2008 but continues to be active as a consultant with the public fleet and alternative fuels industries.